Introduction: Satire is a form of literature the proclaimed purpose of which is the reform of human weaknesses or vices through evoking laughter or disgust. To put it differently, satire is different from scolding and sheer abuse though it is prompted by indignation. Absalom and Achitophel is a satirical poem of John Dryden (1631-1700) in which Dryden satirizes the political situation of England.
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Satire on English People: In the poem “Absalom and Achitophel”, Dryden shows the whimsical and fickle-minded English people who always complained about their king because they were not satisfied with the king. After the death of Oliver Cromwell, they made his foolish son Richard the Lord Protector but soon they were dissatisfied with him and dethroned him. They called Charles who was living in exile and made him the king of England. But soon they were motivated to build the Republic destroyed Monarchy. Thus, Dryden satirizes the English people.
Conclusion: In termination, we can say that Dryden is the best paradigm as a satirist because he satirizes the contemporary society, politics, politicians, parliament and English people in his poem Absalom and Achitophel. So it is transparent that Dryden is satirist and his poem Absalom and Achitophel is satire.